SoistiFi was born out of a simple idea – is the regular school curriculum enough to prepare our kids for the future? A future so different, that if we somehow time travelled to the year 2050, we’ll be shocked out of our senses.
The Social, Technological, Environmental, Economical and Political shift expected in the next 30 years will be far greater than what we have experienced in the last 30
And we are still teaching stuff that was taught fifty years ago, in a system that was designed a hundred years ago.
So, a few of us got together and got this going. Hopefully, we can make a little dent in the scheme of things.
The inadequacies of the current schooling system in preparing the children for the world of tomorrow was a driving force behind the birth of SoistiFi.
Rakesh realized that the classrooms might have become fancier and the buses may have got air conditioned, but schools essentially remained the same as they were when he grew up. The set of knowledge, skills and attitudes imparted to children today are no doubt necessary, but in no way sufficient to help the Generation Z’ers deal with the life and work challenges of the 21st century.
Armed with a strong academic background, with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University and MBA from MDI Gurgaon, and more than a decade of experience in the Education Technology industry, Rakesh laid down the foundations of SoistiFi, with a singular aim of making our children ready to face the challenges of life in a time when the world will be nothing like we know it.
How much one should save per month to lead a comfortable retired life? That’s one topic you’ll not see B School professors discussing with their students, but Prof Dhamija enjoys these real life discussion as much as he enjoys teaching the complexities of global derivatives markets. That’s what makes him a key subject matter expert at SoistiFi.
Prof Dhamija has the rare combination of depth of expertise in both corporate and academia.
After spending 17 years in the Financial Services industry, Prof Dhamija entered the academia and has spent an equal number of years there holding various senior academic positions. In the financial services industry, he held senior management positions in global financial institutions like ABN AMRO Asia Equities (India) Ltd (here he was a Whole Time Director and Chief Operating Officer) and HSBC Securities & Capital Markets (where he was the Director of Operations and Financial Controller).
Prof Dhamija earned his doctorate in the capital markets from IMI New Delhi. He is an alumnus of the prestigious SRCC and Delhi School of Economics. A Fellow Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, a Chartered Financial Analyst (ICFAI) and LL B, Prof Dhamija’s academic achievements are considerable. Currently a professor of finance at the International Management Institute in Delhi, he has taught at prestigious institutions like Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and Delhi University and at IIM Lucknow, Noida Campus as a visiting faculty.
He has also served as a member of the Board of Advanced Studies constituted by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India; a statutory body constituted by an Act of Parliament. He’s authored several books and peer reviewed research papers and case studies on finance. He was a participant at the Global Colloquium on Participant Centered Learning Program organized by the Harvard Business School at Boston and has attended leadership development programs at Wharton Business School and Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
Sanjay Bakshi is an Adjunct Professor at Management Development Institute, Gurgram where he teaches two popular papers on Behavioral Finance and Business Valuation and Forensic Accounting and Corporate Governance.
Sanjay is also Managing Partner at ValueQuest Capital LLP, a SEBI Registered Investment Adviser which advises its onshore and offshore clients on their public market investments in India.
Sanjay received a M.Sc. (Economics) from London School of Economics and Political Science and B.Com. (Hons.) from University of Delhi. He is also a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
A former member and Asia Regional Coordinator of the UN ICT Task Force, Chair of the advisory board of the Economic Times Education Initiative – ‘Future of Learning (2014–2016)’, Board Member of UNESCO’s Open Knowledge Community and the North East Development Foundation, innovator of the 'Discover Tomorrow Progressive Principals Workshops', advisor and consultant with country governments, education boards and progressive school leaders across India, the Middle East and Africa, speaker at national and international forums including the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the World Economic Forum (WEF), World Bank and UN meetings in Asia, Africa and Europe, Jury Member of several ICT and Education Awards and author of several publications, Ashish truly is a Education Futurist.
Currently the Head - Corporate Communication, Chief Strategist -North East Desk & Advisor Tele-Education at Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd, Ashish provides overall strategic directions to SoistiFi
After getting a degree in Business Administration from Boston University and spending a few years in both Big Corporate and family business in India and the US, Robin decided to do what he always wanted to do – be an edu entrepreneur. Robin is the founding Director of Learning Paths School, an Executive Committee member of the Independent Schools Association of Chandigarh and a Charter Member of the Chandigarh Chapter of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). As the Chandigarh Chapter Head of Young Indians (Yi), he represented India at the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Summit in Moscow.
A regular speaker at thought leadership events on Education Technology and Education Management, he evangelizes the use of modern technology enabled pedagogical tools in educational institutes.
Robin provides key inputs in instructional design and advises SoistiFi on the course structure that makes it easy for educationists to adopt.
When Tejveer is not arguing high profile cases in the Bombay High Court or helping large corporates meander through complex taxation issues, he does what he is passionate about – helping his neighborhood kids understand the basic about money and finance. A Chartered Accountant and Lawyer, Tejveer has worked with global firms like KPMG and Fox Mandal Consulting, before becoming an independent legal counsel for the Bombay High Court, representing the Income Tax Department, Government of India. He is also an advisor to various leading law firms.
With his in-depth knowledge of the financial world and experience in training young adults in matter of finance, Tejveer advises SoistiFi on the curriculum of the Financial Literacy course.